TIFF 2017 — 10 Movies in 10 Days
The Mob’s Reel has been gracious enough to host Mobster, Curtis Morgan's TIFF 2017 review. As an actor and film buff, Curtis braved this year's red carpet to bring you spoiler-free reviews on the 10 films he saw at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
I was like, am I really gonna go 10 for 10 again? Then I remembered that I had gone to maybe two movies all summer because the offerings were, for the most part, uninspired (with some exceptions). There’s just something about the Toronto International Film Festival: when something of this scale happens in your city,… you just gotta be there. A lot of folks call it the “People’s Festival”. It’s not Posh McStuffin’s Cannes, it’s not everybody’s vacation spot’s Sundance, it’s the City’s festival… for the people.
For those of you who may have said, “I’ve always wanted to see a TIFF movie.”, well you have… you just may not have realized it. Movies like Moonlight, Hidden Figures and other Oscar nominated and winning films, were first seen at TIFF. And TIFF has become a harbinger of what the Academy will be acclaiming it’s best of the year in a few months. Those aforementioned films are the big ones that everyone talks about. Those are easy. This year, it will most likely be films like Darkest Hour, Battle of the Sexes, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer that will be water-cooler fodder come Oscar time.
But what about other TIFF gems that were worth a look? Here’s some suggestions that are presently waiting for you on Netflix right now: Blue Jay (excellent), Justin Timberlake & The Tennessee Kids (very good), Arq, Amanda Knox, Mascots, I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, It Follows (just to name a few). For more info on some of last year’s best, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.
This year, the 10 films I saw this year were:
Click these links to read the reviews on each of these films:
- Joseph Kahn’s Bodied
- Brawl in Cell Block 99 (with Vince Vaughn & Don Johnson)
- Downsizing (with Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, & Kristen Wiig)
- Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D/The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (digitally remastered)
- John Woo’s Manhunt
- Roman J. Israel, Esq. (with Denzel Washington)
- The Carter Effect (documentary on Vince Carter’s time with the Toronto Raptors)
- The Cured (post-zombie movie starring Ellen Page)
- The Ritual
Enjoy! See you at the movies.